2014 Education Champions

Education Champions are elected officials who commit to using their positions to improve Colorado schools. We’ve been lucky to have many Education Champions in the history of the Colorado legislature and the State Board of Education, and this election a majority of the Education Champions we supported won.

This year, Stand’s Parent-led Advisory Committee – made up of parents and community leaders – vetted each candidate on variety of factors, including his or her alignment to Stand’s policy priorities, which include: high academic expectations and quality instruction, quality and transparent investments, effective teachers and principals, and effective oversight of low-performing schools. This endorsement process also included a review of each candidate’s responses to an education-focused questionnaire in addition to candidate interviews.

Scroll down to learn about the Education Champions we supported in this election and find out which of these bold leaders won their races (asterisk by name).

Colorado State Board of Education


Jane Goff*
Congressional District 7
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Colorado State House


Susan Lontine*
House District 1
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Alec Garnett*
House District 2
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Lois Court*
House District 6
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Beth McCann*
House District 8
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Jon Keyser*
House District 25
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Brittany Pettersen*
House District 28
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Tracy Kraft-Tharp*
House District 29
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John Buckner*
House District 40
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Rhonda Fields*
House District 42
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Kevin Priola*
House District 56
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Millie Hamner*
House District 61
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Colorado State Senate


Kerry Donovan*
Senate District 5
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Ellen Roberts*
Senate District 6
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Jeanne Nicholson
Senate District 16
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Rachel Zenzinger
Senate District 19
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Cheri Jahn*
Senate District 20
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Andy Kerr*
Senate District 22
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